Hypnosis, virtual reality, meditation: three tools to tame one's pain
HEALTH – The emotional component of pain is increasingly being taken into account in its treatment. Many non-pharmacological approaches are thus taking an increasing place.
The current pharmacopoeia struggles to relieve all pains, and neglects their emotional component. “Chronic pain patients may have anxiety or depressive disorders. The pain invaded their lives, and became an obsession. It is therefore necessary to teach them to master it in order to live with it,” explains Professor Alain Eschalier, President of the Fonda Institute. Therefore, many non-pharmacological approaches have taken an important place in pain centers.
Hypnosis to remove pain
To get out of his reality to walk in an imaginary world devoid of pain. This is what hypnoanalgesia allows, a complementary approach to pain medication. In practice, the caregiver guides the patient to the hypnotic state (defined as a modified state of consciousness) and helps him to understand his pain from a new angle. “During the sessions, we also teach the patient to acquire autohypnosis, says Dr. Edwige Rigal, anesthesiologist-resuscitator at CHU Croix-Rousse…